ASU Art Museum receives grant to support international residency program

September 18, 2014

The Arizona State University Art Museum is the recipient of a $144,000 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, in support of the museum’s International Artist Residency Program at Combine Studios.

With this grant funding, the ASU Art Museum will commission three international artists to develop collaborative art projects with community-based partners to allow for direct engagement with diverse communities and encourage active participation in the creative process. As part of the museum's International Artist Residency Program at Combine Studios, artists will be integrated into the community to work alongside social service agencies, community organizations, university departments, residents, artists and students to generate artistic ideas. Combine Studios Download Full Image

Each artist in residence will connect to the community through exhibitions, publications, performances, events, lectures, discussions, new community engagement and collaborations. The flow and exchange of artistic ideas will create new audiences, engaged partners and supporters of the museum as a catalyst for change in the community.

“The ASU Art Museum, in all of its work, but particularly through its national and internationally supported residency program, exemplifies much of what the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the New American University are,” says Gordon Knox, the ASU Art Museum’s director. “Our visiting artists engage in cross-departmental collaborations and socially embedded projects that have tangible impact on the region, empowering communities and advancing critical reappraisals of some of this generation’s most pressing challenges. Bringing some of the art world’s most innovative thinkers to the Valley and giving them the time and support to engage with the local community in the production of new artist-led investigations demonstrates how ASU is putting new ideas into action while advancing research and educating the next generation. The ASU Art Museum’s work, and support such as this grant, exemplifies and makes concrete core aspirations of ASU and the Herberger Institute.”

Established in 2011, the ASU Art Museum International Artist Residency Program brings accomplished professional artists from around the world to develop new work in partnership with the intellectual resources of Arizona State University and the diverse communities within Arizona. Through the program, artists develop work that investigates the pressing issues of our time in collaboration with scientists, technologists, social agencies and community organizations.

Juno Schaser

Event coordinator, Biodesign Institute


ASU engineer helps produce new material to prevent excessive bleeding

September 19, 2014

Development of a new synthetic material that promises to aid the natural process of blood clotting and the emergency treatment of traumatic injuries was reported on recently in the research journal Nature Materials.

Arizona State University biomedical engineer Sarah Stabenfeldt was on the team of physicians, scientists and engineers that created the new class of synthetic platelet-like particles, which are based on soft hydrogel materials. Stabenfeldt, a co-first author of the paper in Nature Materials, is an assistant professor in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of ASU's Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering. portrait of ASU assistant professor Sarah Stabenfeldt Download Full Image

The new particles are proving to be effective in slowing bleeding and circulating safely in the bloodstream. The advancement could potentially help reduce the number of deaths from excessive bleeding, according the lead author of the paper.

Stabenfeldt’s role in the research focused on fibrin, a protein that is critical in the blood clotting process. It forms a fibrous mesh that helps impede blood flow. She identified a unique single-chain antibody fragment that specifically recognizes polymerized fibrin – the fibrin mesh found in blood clots.

The antibody fragment was then attached to the synthetic hydrogel particles to enable specific interaction with native fibrin clots that ultimately enhanced the effectiveness of the clotting process by decreasing the time it took for blood to clot.

“To achieve this targeting specificity,” she explained, “I used a molecular biology technique known as phage display, which is essentially using biological machinery to screen a large array of biological motifs to identify the motif with the highest affinity and specificity to your target of interest.”

In her ASU lab, Stabenfeldt has been using the same phage display screening process to identify novel targeting motifs in her research to improve the detection and diagnosis of traumatic brain injuries.

Her collaborators on the overall project reported on in Nature Materials included researchers at Georgia Tech, Chapman University, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and Emory University.

Read about the research in Nature Materials. Read a news release about the research paper.

Joe Kullman

Science writer, Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering